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Questions asking for opinions tend to get closed as not constructive on most Stack Exchange sites. The not constructive close reason says: As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, ...


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As I see it, Robotics.SE is very much aimed at the Application, whereas many of the other SE sites are aiming at the underlying theory. And as I commented on Where does Robotics end and Electrical Engineering begin? there cannot be a clear demarcation between the application and the principal. On the other hand, as I've commented elsewhere, we have to be ...


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In a word, yes! Robotics takes many forms - the commonalities are in the ways we solve exciting problems, such as components and techniques, and in the fact that we're solving a certain class of problems. Autonomous anything is inherently in the problem-space of robotics. Autonomous rockets are an exciting class of robots that one should absolutely be able ...


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As I said over on Area 51. The policy we seem to be developing over on Raspberry Pi stack exchange is one of relative permissiveness with regards to strict cross-site division. Thus we have had a number of questions which should strictly have been moved to Electronics or Unix & Linux but have stayed on Raspberry Pi because while they could be answered ...


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I would encourage highly technical answers, but with the proviso that you try to tailor your answers to the questioner. A beginner will need a slow introduction, before being exposed to a load of technical jargon, for example.


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Apparently there are userscripts to help with generating boilerplate, but I've never got around to working out how to use them or setting them up. Below are a set of templates for common problems with posts. Note: Comments below which are too long for a single comment should be edited down by removing the least relevant points rather than being split over ...


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Firstly we should try to use tagging to make it easy for people to filter for or filter out things they are or are not interested in. Secondly, we need to be proactive in editing, commenting, flagging and voting to close inappropriate questions. Why is X (my platform of choice) better than all of the other platforms? is simple not constructive and all ...


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I'd like to nominate Mark Booth (meta, Network & Area 51) as a pro tem mod for this site. Mark has been participating in site-building for this site on area51 and has continued to do so on this meta. Besides, he seems to be well versed with the topic, as is evident from his contributions on main. He's also been around the network for pretty long -- so he ...


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This looks like a great idea, I'd certainly be happy to have Hats on Robotics. Badges are great, but with plenty of people here on Robotics being new to Stack Exchange in general, having a fun way to promote the norms of Stack Exchange behaviour would be a great way to engage people in the site and encourage community building.


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IMO, ROVs are very relevant to robotics, just slightly easier as they don't have complex programming involved. There still are intricate mechanical aspects of the thing, and generally you still program them to some extent (for example, to make differential turning smooth). Recently, I've been working on what amounts to an ROV (for ASME SDC 2013) -- and from ...


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First, let's deal with Help Center > Asking | What topics can I ask about here? $SiteShortName is for professional robotic engineers, hobbyists, researchers and students. We ask and answer questions about robotics, control systems, control theory, algorithms, actuators and sensors. We feel the best Robotics questions have links to pertinent datasheets or ...


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I would argue that it belongs here. There are some software suites and kinds of solution that tend to be more robotics-related, and I'd argue that the Arduino bridges the code/electronics divide, and that robotics people would tend to be more qualified for that than the average non-robotics programmer. Many programmers aren't also invested in other disciples,...


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Absolutely, we would love vendor specific questions. We want this site to be at the top of google search results every time you ask a robotics related question and the only way to get Fanuc experts coming here are for there to be Fanuc questions for them to answer, ditto for any other robot manufacturer. All we ask is for you to submit practical, ...


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It's allowed technically, it may even be helpful later (see below), but I wouldn't recommend it for an early site. "Seed questions" become harmful when folks come to believe that the author doesn't really care about the answer; or worse, the author doesn't even need any help at all! I wrote a blog post about this cited below, but worth a full read: ...


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Mahjax has been enabled on this site.


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As a slightly left field suggestion, and in deference to (one of) the fathers of fictional robotics - not to mention the creator of the Three Laws of Robotics: Asimov's Corner?


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This post is both a nomination and an example of a nomination to get the rest of you started :) I'd like to nominate myself, Mainshearth (main|meta), for this position. enter link description here http://se-flair.appspot.com/png/751483b5-3bd0-467a-b3aa-f0bb8ac3887d/ I'm Manish, a first-year engineering student. I've always had a passion for robotics, ...


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Given that "From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged." I would suggest that we get rid of both of these meta-tags before people get used to using them. In addition, all questions should be about robotics, so the robots tag should never be appropriate. The narrower tags like mobile-robot, industrial-robot and wheeled-robot are all fine ...


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Graduation is no longer either required, or expected of small Stack Exchange sites, and as long as we are still an active community we are at no risk of being closed down. It's been a few years since Stack Exchange woke up to the idea of perpetual beta sites - small, niche sites, such as Robotics, which may never reach graduation criteria, but equally will ...


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I would tend to agree, when we are talking about control theory Math Jax would be very useful. I have already linked to wikipedia pages who's content I wouldn't be able to inline without Math Jax support. As it was, my links were an aside, background reading, so I didn't need to inline the content, but it would be nice to have this before someone does need ...


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I think it's important to separate out the legal issues into two buckets - one being how to properly or legally do something, for example shipping lithium polymer batteries (or products containing them). The second group or bucket would be "is it legal to have a robot do ". These are much more difficult for our audience to answer and probably fall into the ...


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Perhaps a great deal of these questions can be eliminated through a properly written community overview and FAQ (Electronics example: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/faq) This can give examples of what good and bad questions are for new users, and provide good moderation guidelines for the people who run the community. I also like the idea of a wiki-...


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Although all the of the examples you have listed sound extremely like the electronics StackExchange, separating robotics topics from electrical, mechanical and computer science topics will be very difficult. If you look through conference papers at "robotics" conferences, many of the papers could easily be published at vision or machine learning conferences....


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Having now seen Anna Lear♦'s comment on the resources for learning robotics question, suggesting that we use a tag wiki, I would wholeheartedly support that suggestion. While we could create a getting-started tag and then tag getting-started questions with it, referring people to the tag wiki if they ask questions related to the general information already ...


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Assuming that the question is relevant to robotics (which is an entirely separate problem), I think that the technical detail of an answer is fine as long as it: answers the question supplies insight to better understand the problem and solution In the case of your specific answer, I thought it was good because it answered the question briefly, while still ...


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Taking a brief look at answers.ros.org it appears to be an Askbot based Q&A site created by ros.org to support their community. As a more vertical site, you may get more ROS specific answers there, but equally ROS is perfectly on topic here. Just because you could ask a ROS question there shouldn't stop you from asking it here. Similarly though, we ...


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Pretty much copied from http://meta.libraries.stackexchange.com/a/109 Related questions on other new sites: Chemistry, Libraries, Chess , WindowsPhone (these are some of our newer sites, you can probably find the site-promotion questions on the older ones if you want. Or use this filter I just created) Few things you can do (some stuff taken from my ...


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Strictly speaking, sonar and ultrasonic sensors are related, but slightly different concepts. For more information, see Sonar or Ultrasonic sensor on Wikipedia. Ultrasonic sensors use high frequency sound waves, and calculate the time interval between generating and receiving the echo. They are used to detect the presence of a target, or measure the ...


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It's sorta early to worry about the stats. In fact, these stats are not to be worried about in almost any situation. I'll tell you how it went for Chemistry. We had good-ish stats during private beta (similar to what you have currently). We had a spike after the site went public, and a steady decline after that (the question rate reached less than 2 ...


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Just to complete the loop: Robotics.SE will go public on Tuesday, 6 November 2012! Congratulations!


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